Former Deputy Sentenced to Life in Prison for 1981 Murder of Lieutenant
April 28, 2016 - 3:12 PM
Deputy Lt. Ray "Joe" Clark
MARIETTA— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Washington County Sheriff
Larry R. Mincks Sr. announced today that the former deputy convicted of
the 1981 slaying of Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Ray "Joe"
Clark has been sentenced to life in prison.
Ruble, 65, who was found guilty of aggravated murder after a jury trial
last month, was sentenced by Washington County Common Pleas Judge
Randall Burnworth this morning.
addition to the life sentence on the aggravated murder charge, Judge
Burnworth also sentenced Ruble to a concurrent sentence of 11 months in
prison for a charge of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance.
Ruble pleaded guilty to the weapons charge today. The charge was part
of a separate case relating to Ruble's illegal possession of a modified
AR-15 fully automatic rifle. The weapon was found by law enforcement
when they served a search warrant in connection with the murder
case is believed to be one of the oldest cold cases involving the
murder of a law enforcement officer that has ever been successfully
people, including the defendant himself, likely thought that this case
would never be solved, but today, there is justice," said Attorney
General DeWine. "Cold cases can be very difficult to solve, but as this
case shows, it's not impossible when you have law enforcement and
prosecutors who refuse to give up and are committed to finding the
am very thankful for the hard work of investigators in my office and
for the valuable assistance from Attorney General DeWine to hold this
killer accountable," said Sheriff Mincks. "The Attorney General's
special prosecutors and BCI agents did a fantastic job, and thanks to
this teamwork, Lt. Clark's family and colleagues here in Washington
County can finally feel some closure."
Clark, pictured, was shot to death at his Marietta home on Dodd's Run
Road on Feb. 7, 1981. Investigators determined that Ruble waited outside
Lt. Clark’s home and shot him with a shotgun through the kitchen
had worked as a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Office
until December 1979, when Lt. Clark terminated his employment due to the
use of excessive force while on duty.
prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section
prosecuted the case. The Washington County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit and
Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigated
the case, which was part of Attorney General DeWine's Ohio Unsolved
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